Where Music and Personality Intersect in Development

A person's childhood is a crucial stage of their development, with their future happiness often dependent on whether they have good or bad experiences. A recent survey thankfully found that 54% of children had been exposed to no adverse experiences. Unfortunately this also meant that 46% had been exposed to at least one. While some adverse outcomes are unavoidable there are ways parents can help. Therefore, it's vital to surround a child with positive influences to ensure healthy, holistic character growth. One way to do this is to expose them to music — be it through singing, dancing, or playing an instrument. This is because music is known to have beneficial effects on a child's overall psyche.

How Music Affects Development

For decades, professionals from various fields of science have studied the effects of music on a child's growth — from pediatric doctors to neurologists. And their findings reveal multiple benefits to different areas of development. Cognitive When children engage in musical activities, this also engages their cognitive skills. For example, it can help children understand mathematical concepts, primarily ratios and fractions. Music is composed of rhythms, which can be broken down into measures and beats. And these are fractions or smaller parts of an entire song. By learning how to read music, young children can begin to understand what it means to have multiple parts in a whole. Music can also improve a child's literacy skills. Simply listening to music can hone their listening skills. And singing songs, in particular, can help with a child's pronunciation and intonation. Thus, learning music isn't just good for musical skills. It can also improve a child's other cognitive capabilities. Emotional Music can also hone a child's emotional skills. Listening and understanding the emotion attached to a certain piece can help them pick up on said emotions. Essentially, listening to a sad song gives a child an idea of what being sad means. Apart from this, simply experiencing music has plenty of positive emotional effects, such as stress relief. So, it's a great way to let a child experience positive things. Social Finally, enjoying music with others, such as through dance, encourages children to build relationships. Playing in a band can teach a child how to cooperate and get along with others. And one study even revealed that musical engagement assists in the development of individuals with learning disabilities. It promotes increased self-confidence and happiness in these individuals, which makes it easier for them to interact in social situations.

The Link Between Music and Personality

Music plays a central role in a child's development. Subsequently, one's development is crucial to shaping their character. Given this, by exposing a child to musical activities, one can leave a lasting, positive effect on their personality. To continue learning about the nature of music and how it relates to human beings, plenty of psychologists are looking into its connection to personality. Those who have completed a psychology degree at higher education will have already researched the social and clinical aspects of human behavior. Coupled with training in social science research, aspiring psychologists are able to find new connections in the link between music and personality. Apart from benefiting childhood development, the scientific study of music could also improve current methods across different sectors of society. In practice, it could help professionals in fields such as healthcare and education improve their service through music. One research study from this field even shows how people's behaviors and patterns on music streaming services could point to their personality type. If one were to take this study further, it could lead to more personalized care and service through music. That said, people must continue to push for the practice and study of music, so that everyone can better understand how it lends to a person's overall development.

Penned exclusively for pachydermmusiclab.com

by Jerin Blanche

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